Automate Construction or Become Obsolete

Technological advancements have encompassed industries around the world. However, the land and infrastructure industry has been wary of treading digitally, due to a fear of high capital involvement. In this blog, Yogesh Khandelwal, CEO of geoAMPS, an India-based company specialized in software solutions serving the land rights and infrastructure management industries, shares his vision on the necessity to embrace digitalization as a key pillar of the construction industry in the next decade. Barriers to upgrading In the endeavor to cut capital costs, a lot of companies refrain from deploying available advanced technologies and are hence left behind the times. While... (read more)
2019-12-23 11:08:49

UK-Canadian Partnership for GIS, BIM and CAD Data Visualization

MGISS, a UK-based consultancy company on the smarter use of data, technology and digital transformation, has partnered up with Canada-based vGIS to transform traditional GIS, BIM and CAD data into stunning augmented reality (AR) visualizations for utility and infrastructure applications. AR provides an interactive experience of an environment where objects that reside in the real world, such as underground services, are displayed and enhanced with additional intelligence such as condition information and maintenance history. MGISS has developed TopoGrafi, a platform that allows data capture applications and AR visualizations to use a common 3D co-ordinate system which aligns with high-accuracy Ordnance... (read more)
2020-02-11 10:50:29

Ana Roxin

Ana Roxin is an associate professor in computer science at the University of Burgundy, France. Her research addresses approaches that allow computers to simulate human reasoning and problem-solving. She has proven experience across semantic web, semantic interoperability, context-aware BIM, GIS and explainable AI. She is a member of several standardization bodies (e.g. AFNOR, CEN, ISO). (read more)
2020-02-14 10:03:50

Michael Schwind

Michael Schwind is a geospatial engineer for Fulton Construction in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, and CEO of Osprey Geospatial Solutions LLC. He holds a BSc in Geography and GIS from Texas A&M University and a MSc in Geospatial Surveying Engineering from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. (read more)
2017-09-28 10:37:25

OGC and buildingSMART International Publish Discussion Paper on the Integration of BIM and GIS

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and buildingSMART International (bSI) have released an industry-defining paper as part of their Integrated Digital Built Environment (IDBE) joint working group. This paper aims to coordinate the development of the relevant data standards that are produced in each organization. The discussion paper, entitled Built environment data standards and their integration: an analysis of IFC, CityGML and LandInfra, is free to download from OGC’s Discussion Papers webpage.  This report looks at a variety of challenges and addresses the need to develop better integration at a high level between BIM and GIS standards. The paper focuses on... (read more)
2020-04-16 01:22:42

Qinertia PPK Software Now Supports Third-party IMUs

SBG Systems’ popular INS/GNSS PPK software called Qinertia now covers all surveyors’ projects by offering a licence dedicated to GNSS post-processing, according to the France-based company. Open to the world, Qinertia supports all major GNSS receivers and is now open to third-party IMUs. Qinertia has been designed to offer a comprehensive suite of post-processing software to the geospatial world. It accepts all major GNSS manufacturers, and supports proprietary protocols from Novatel, Septentrio, Trimble and Ublox for a straightforward workflow. It is one of the first full-featured post-processing software to offer a native support for Ublox F9 RTK receivers, reducing the... (read more)
2020-05-06 09:40:54

Bridging the Gap between Geospatial and Construction

There is certainly a gap in information exchange between the geospatial and construction domains. This is a serious issue, mainly because geospatial systems and engineering surveys are not yet aligned and integrated with building information modelling (BIM). The BIM method is expected to move construction activities from plan-based individual work to model-based collaboration. Such a paradigm shift will bring huge opportunities regarding planning, building and management of the built environment in a more productive, open and sustainable way. Although it is still difficult to entirely close the gap between these two fields, this article shows how that gap can at... (read more)
2020-02-14 09:44:12

Bentley Acquires UK Leader in Cloud Services for Construction Information Management

Bentley Systems has announced the acquisition of GroupBC, a leading UK software as a service (SaaS) innovator. For over 20 years, GroupBC’s and Bentley’s software solutions have been deployed for complementary purposes to improve project and asset information management. The transaction results from GroupBC’s expansion agenda – and Bentley’s investment appetite – for international growth opportunities stemming from the UK’s national initiatives for major infrastructure investment and towards infrastructure digital twins.  GroupBC’s Common Data Environments (CDE) solutions, BC Projects and BC Enterprise+, have been widely applied in the UK for information management respectively across construction and asset estates. Largely due to... (read more)
2020-03-12 02:28:27

3D Modelling for Construction

When it comes to 3D modelling for construction, what are the advantages and disadvantages of photogrammetry versus Lidar in terms of accuracy, complexity and cost? Breaking away from laser measurement in construction is a taboo subject, perhaps hampering the use of photogrammetry. In construction, aerial survey has enormous time-saving benefits for measuring groundwork areas. Data can be used for asset classification, construction validation as well as health and safety. In particular, regular scans provide a time series of work in progress to detect new issues, managing risk rather than responding to it. This article looks at the state of the... (read more)
2019-10-15 03:28:52

What Do BIM, GIS, IoT, BMS, Telemetry and CAD All Have in Common?

Over the last three years, building information modelling (BIM) has undergone rapid development around the world. The value chain of design, construction and operation of built assets faces various challenges of change, some of which are of a technological nature. These include the transition from drawing in 2D to modelling in 3D with object reference and linked information. There is also an explosive increase in the volume of data on projects, including from new recording methods such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’), lasers, geo-radars, and the increased use of sensors and data transfer devices on the Internet of... (read more)
2019-08-22 09:40:52
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